Happy Independence Day America!

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At this time I think of the words of Alexander Hamilton, one of the signatories of The Constitution Of The United States (COTUS), truly one of the founding fathers of this great nation. What has made this a great nation? Hamilton’s own words shed light on the source of this greatness: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

As I consider his words and at the same time realize not all of the founding fathers were true Bible believing Christians, enough of them were so as to influence the birth of this nation in a godly way. I find it important to review the concepts and principles upon which this nation was founded. They are of course found in our Declaration of Independence. What better time than this to read them and be reminded? I include an excerpt for you here, now:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

These words and the ideal that they communicate come only from the Creator; that is the God of Creation, the God of Scripture alone. The very concept of liberty, true liberty, comes only from a biblical worldview. Back to Hamilton’s statement; note this, “For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

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Asylum and “freedom of worship” has indeed been provided for all varieties of faiths even at the time of the Revolution including: Roman Catholicism, humanism, atheism, and even Islam (though the founders recognize Islam as a serious threat. At this point in history I find it painfully ironic that in a mere 239 years those same “other religions” seek to eradicate true Christianity from this land replacing it with their own new version of religious persecution that spurned our birth.

While the Christian ethic permits and encourages the exercise of freedom and personal choice it also recognizes the significance and dangers inherent in those personal choices that reject the God of Creation and His precepts. It is for this reason Christians are drawn to proclaim the importance of recognizing the God of Creation as both judge and redeemer. Jesus commanded all of his servants to go to all the nations “teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded…” (Matthew 28:19-20) We are bound to warn sinners to flee from the wrath of God and to repent and believe in the only way, truth and life (John 14:6). The greatest concept of liberty that this Nation was once a beacon for is the liberty won by the Savior. Liberty from the wrath of God and just penalty of our sins is the truest liberty anyone can experience, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36).

But Jesus also warned his disciples and by extension each of us that the world would hate us for proclaiming His truth and justice:

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:for great is your reward in heaven:for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12)

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own:but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you… (John 15:18-20a)

Nevertheless, I am amazed that the world has flooded to the shores of this great nation to find liberty only to seek to destroy that liberty out of a disdain for the truth that the Christian heritage of this nation asserts. We are witnessing the loss of liberty for the Christian as other religions seek to practice their beliefs at expense of silencing the Christian because they hate the light and love the darkness. The agendas of the various false religions of the secular humanist, atheist, mystical Roman Catholic, Muslim and now the homosexual seek to silence the Christian voice that endeavors to awaken the conscience. Regardless, let us never cease from proclaiming true independence and liberty for the glory of our God and our Savior! To our nation I say, “Happy Independence Day” and to my Christian brothers and sisters I say with the Psalmist:

And I will walk at liberty:

for I seek thy precepts.

I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings,

and will not be ashamed.

And I will delight myself in thy commandments,

which I have loved.

My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved;

and I will meditate in thy statutes.

(Psalm 119:45-48)

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